Equip middle school and high school students with the literacy support they need to think like scientists. Develop collaborative teams between science teachers and literary leaders to generate stronger instructional practices and improve student learning outcomes.


  • Understand the role that professional learning communities (PLCs) and science teachers play in literacy development and student-centered learning.
  • Foster student engagement by utilizing adaptable strategies and literacy resources for developing pre-reading, during-reading, and post-reading skills.
  • Learn why collaboration among different disciplines can enhance literacy instruction in secondary science education.
  • Obtain tools and techniques for designing meaningful assessments that align literacy and science standards and improve student learning outcomes.
  • Gain reflective knowledge to strengthen science and literacy instructional practices, encouraging learners to think like scientists.

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Reading and Writing Strategies for the Secondary Science Classroom in a PLC

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Every Teacher Is a Literacy Teacher
Chapter 1: Collaboration, Learning, and Results
Chapter 2: Foundational Literacy Triage
Chapter 3: Prereading
Chapter 4: During Reading
Chapter 5: Postreading
Chapter 6: Writing
Chapter 7: Assessment
Appendix: Reproducibles



Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 7


Suggested Books

  • Buffum, A., Mattos, M., & Malone, J. (2018). Taking Action: A Handbook for RTI at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Buffum, A., Mattos, M., & Weber, C. (2012). Simplifying Response to Intervention: Four Essential Guiding Principles. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Conzemius, A. E., & O’Neill, J. (2014). The Handbook for SMART School Teams: Revitalizing Best Practices for Collaboration. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., Many, T. W., & Mattos, M. (2016). Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work (3rd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

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